Did you have a nice Labor Day weekend?  Here at our house we didn’t do much other than hang out together, which is the best ever.  I had taken off work Thursday and Friday in order to  . . . ahem . . .  clean up my flower beds and get a little serious housecleaning done.  Well, other than attacking a jungle of six foot weeds in the front yard (special thanks to Boy, my newly hired garden man) and cleaning out my art room, I didn’t get much work done.  I could write a list of all the things I didn’t get done, but you don’t want to see it.  I’m sure you have one of your very own.

But my play list!  I accomplished so much!  On top of my list was holding and feeding my newest grand-daughter, shown here with her mom.

And enjoying my five other grandkids.  Didn’t get any pictures of them (I think I was too busy holding the baby–oops sorry kids!)  Beans, my other grand-daughter, managed to snap some of her own pictures though.  It’s always interesting to see the world through the eyes of an almost five year old.


We went shopping at Michael’s, our favorite craft store, where I stocked up on my favorite acrylic paint:  Folk Art Metallic Sequin Black.

Which brings me to the title of my post.  To top it all off, tonight I went to Cardboard Therapy.  I really didn’t have a clue what I was going to make.  I just starting painting and playing.  Cardboard is so amazing and so free!  When you paint it, it gets all wrinkly and beautiful.  Love.  It.

And how cool is it when you accidentally spill something like, let’s say, orange glitter, and it couldn’t look more perfect if you had planned it?

Well, before I knew it, I had a brand new friend.  I won’t go into the details of how I made her.  I stayed up way too late already, plus I’m going to make more of them for an upcoming village festival, so I’ll sound very official and say it’s a trade secret for the moment.

One hint though, I used painted cardboard.

Okay, you knew that already, so here’s one more hint:  One of the most fun gifts you could ever give somebody (kids, teens, college students, little old ladies, etc.) is a little box of cardboard pieces along with a few bottles of acrylic paint and a paintbrush.  You could easily give this unforgettable gift for less than $10. For this project, I obviously used a few more items than cardboard and paint, but trust my grandkids–you can have loads of fun with just the paint and cardboard alone.  Try.  It.